Well today we find out why it is a good idea to check that your initial ramdisk is in good shape on the primary file server.
I shut gotss1 and wil down today because of the storms, and gotss1 won’t boot up now; claiming not to be able to find the raid modules or in particular the raid5 modules.
I’m sure I could fix this with judicious use of ubuntu’s rescue mode however the box runs Debian etch and I wanted to take it to Ubuntu anyway.
Looks like this little wibble has forced my hand. Lucky it is a long weekend and I have a little external drive to install Linux onto so I can check consistancy of the raid arrays and get the data off them I need before reinstalling ubuntu.
I’ll drag the box out here and wage war on it with a serial cable and see what I can get to work. it’ll be good to move to uuid-based drive identifiers rather than /dev/mdx as the detection order can change.
In other news lots of new cool stuff has turned up. The airganix ion tower turned up last Monday; and we set it up. initially it put out a pile of ozone which was a little annoying however now it has settled down and is working well.
It’s on the list of cool asian stuff now.
tuesday the ionmax iontower from zazz showed up and we put it in our bedroom.
As a result there seems to be a lot less dust in the air and we sleep better as a result. I’ve wiped a pile of black crud off the collection blades so the ionizer is doing its job.
Gemma also received her 2 sets of inline skates but the boots were too narrow and did not fit her feet.
Asian manifacturered skates for narrow asian feet i’d wager; or perhaps we just have wide feet.
Guess that’s what we get for ordering them from oo.com.au at a rediculously cheap price.
The length of the skate is fine; but the width is small so gemma’s toes scrunch up.
we’ll probably get rid of the skates on ebay at some point.
my 3 gigabit cards turned up; which begs the question whether or not to put one of them in gotss1 when it gets reinstalled; it appears that the marvell ethernet is not jumbo-frame safe under Linux or at least under older kernels.
Gemma has been doing a lot better on the reduced dose of her medication and had a full week including Cisco on Wednesday and Thursday, and an afternoon/evening of socialization.
Class seems to be going ok; with both the instructors ahead of shedule.
We managed to miss 2 lots of freight on Friday; so I picked up the negativeiongenerators.com ionizers on Saturday and have all 3 of them set up around the house. This means that the airganix will go into cisco and the ionmax one and the negativeiongenerators.com ones will run here.
We also ordered 3 of the little pcs from fit-pc.com machines that are extremely light, small, quiet and power efficient.
The pcs only use 5 watts and are about the size of a paperback book.
this means I can install Linux on one of my eeepcs and use it for kismet and aircrack-ng to learn about wireless networks.
The enaly ion generators should turn up on Tuesday which will be interesting. They were $39 US plus a packet of shipping.
The shipping from China was a bit expensive but build quality seems good on their ozone generators so we’ll see how they go.
that’s all the general stuff I want to post at the moment.
due to the fact that the usage of the word “chinky” caused a comment thread; this post has been reworded to obviscate a potentially offensive term.
It appears that this journal is garanteed to offend someone out there in lj land. oh well.